As the nation continues to face the possibility of sequestration, the Department of Defense is girding itself for an era of austerity. Unless an agreement is reached between the White House and Congress by 1 March, the DOD will face more than $40 billion in cuts this year. Operations, maintenance, readiness, personnel, and support services would all suffer from reduced funding. But some argue that the greatest impact will be on the next generation of weapon systems. The Navy would feel those effects first and foremost in the shipbuilding arena.